Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Esprit Autenreith, smiling

Meet Esprit Autenreith

Esprit Autenreith is an Administrative Specialist working as the self-proclaimed "paperwork wizard/witch" for the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program. She is responsible for tracking all things related to the Community Partnership Fund within NMF as well as providing basic administrative support to the whole team.

Get to know more about Esprit on our blog.


Mayor Durkan’s Affordable Middle-Income Housing Advisory Council Delivers Recommendations: Three high-impact recommendations were identified to promote affordable housing choices for workers who comprise the majority of the city’s workforce but mostly live outside of city limits. (more)

Seeking Youth Climate Leaders: If you are a young person who is passionate about working on climate change and climate justice, consider applying for the Mayor’s Youth Climate Council. Applications are now open. Deadline is Thursday, January 30. (more)

Community Involvement Commission’s 2nd Annual Report Reception: Join us Jan. 29 to hear about the progress made by the Community Involvement Commission in 2019 and what they learned about the current state of community engagement practices. (more)

Seattle Public Utilities Encourages Waste Prevention Projects with Matching Grants: Projects must increase waste prevention in Seattle through starting a new project or expanding an existing activity. (more)

King County Housing Authority Section 8 Waitlist Open 2/12-2/25: Section 8 vouchers help people with low incomes rent homes on the private market. Applying is free and applications will be chosen randomly by computer when the application period ends. (more)

Nominate a Business for the First Annual Seattle Legacy Business Program: Nominate a small business in your neighborhood that goes beyond goods and services and is an essential part of your community. (more)

Feedback on Neighborhood Street Fund Concepts Due by January 31: The 15 projects selected for the 2019-2021 cycle of the Neighborhood Street Fund Program are in the early stages of design and Seattle Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on the project concepts before moving forward. (more)

Don’t Miss the Seattle Home Fairs: The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections is hosting their popular Seattle Home Fairs in North and South Seattle. Jam-packed with useful information about your planned remodel, the permitting process, renting in Seattle, and so much more, this is an event not to be missed! (more)



Jessica Kwon, standing outside, smiling

Jessica Kwon helps the homeless in the Chinatown-ID navigate the system on their terms

“As a link between unhoused people and services, most of Kwon’s time is spent on appointments helping people achieve their goals. She’ll walk with people to a medical clinic, dentist appointment, or to a shelter they want to stay in. She might accompany them to DSHS to get food stamps, to the DMV to get a driver’s license, or to the Social Security Office to get an ID card (often the first step for getting people into housing).”

Read the full article at International Examiner.



Help Design New Plaza and Park in South Park Neighborhood: At the request of the community, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) purchased a .83 acre site west of the South Park Bridge to develop a plaza park for the neighborhood. The design for this project is underway and SPR wants you and other community members to share your vision for the new plaza park. (more)

Help Advise on Zoning Modifications to Kimball Elementary School: Serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications desired for Kimball Elementary School (3200 23rd Ave S) in Beacon Hill. (more)


  • Film Screening - Fujitaro Kubota and his Garden: January 29, 7pm (more)
  • South Seattle Home Fair: February 1, 10am (more)



Share Your Truth About Changes in the Central District: Join us on January 25 to share your stories on how the African-American community has been impacted by the drastic changes in the Central District. (more)

Help Advise on the Master Plan for Swedish Cherry Hill Hospital: Volunteers are needed to serve on a Standing Advisory Committee to advise the City and Swedish Cherry Hill Hospital on the potential impacts of its campus development on the surrounding neighborhoods. (more)

Citizens Advisory Committee for Seattle Central College Master Plan Begins Monthly Meetings: This committee advises on development plans for the campus and will begin regular public meetings on the 1st Monday of each month beginning February 3. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on the E Union St Protected Bike Lane: Seattle Department of Transportation has updated the Union Protected Bike Lane design based on public feedback from last spring. This survey is intended to check in with the community to hear if you think the updated design reflects what they heard. (more)


  • Indigenous Reparation and Recognition in Seattle: January 22, 7:30pm (more)
  • Impact 2020 - Central District Community Conversation: January 25, 9:15am (more)
  • E Union St Protected Bike Lane Open House: January 29, 5:30pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: February 4, 6pm (more)
  • West Edge Neighborhood Association: February 5, 6pm (more)



Wedgwood to Roosevelt Neighborhood Greenway: How would you make the entrance to Ravenna-Eckstein Park & Playground more visible from NE 68th St? You can sketch up an idea, or tell Seattle Department of Transportation what's unique about your neighborhood by January 24. (more)

Weigh in on Transportation Upgrades From Downtown Seattle to Roosevelt: Seattle Department of Transportation recently published an Environmental Assessment for the RapidRide J Line that provides a comprehensive analysis of the project, including proposed improvements, technical details, and potential impacts and mitigation strategies. Review and share your comments by February 14. (more)


  • Licton Springs Community Council: January 22, 6:30pm (more)
  • Maple Leaf Community Council: January 22, 7:30pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: January 25, 10am (more)
  • North Seattle Home Fair: Janaury 25, 2pm (more)
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: February 4, 7pm (more)
  • Northeast District Council: February 6, 7pm (more)